515 Main Street, Olean, New York 14760
(716) 373-2600

Olean General Hospital

Programs & Services

Inpatient Care

Intensive Care Unit

The Intensive Care Unit at Olean General is a highly specialized medical and nursing care unit charged with treating patients faced with life threatening illness.

ICU Team

Olean General Hospital's ICU is managed by specially trained physicians, called intensivists, for the direction and provision of medical care for critically ill patients. Each intensivist at Olean General has completed a primary residency and board certification in a specialty such as emergency medicine, surgery, internal medicine or anesthesiology, as well as a fellowship in critical care medicine. The use of intensivists significantly enhances the treatment and safety of ICU patients, as these physicians can provide patients with a higher level of care available to fewer than 20 percent of hospitals nationwide.

Learn more about Olean General's intensivist program by [ clicking here ].

In addition to the intensivist program, Olean General Hospital's ICU has some of the most highly trained nursing staff available. Critical care nurses (CCRNs) provide a high level of skilled nursing for continuous and total patient care. Their expertise, training and round-the-clock observation of patients allows them to recognize subtle but significant changes in patient conditions, thereby preventing worsening conditions and minimizing complications that arise from critical illness.


Olean General Hospital recently completed significant improvements to the ICU, including patient and staff rooms, nurse stations and patient support areas. The changes are designed to provide a new level of support and care to critically ill patients. Patient rooms were refreshed with new headwalls, sinks, flooring, ceilings and lighting. Wall protection, window treatments, cubicle curtains and new chairs were also added.


The Intensive Care Unit at Olean General Hospital utilizes a vast array of modern instruments and machines to assist and monitor patients through their life threatening experience, including:

  • Heart Monitors. At any time, patients maybe placed on continuous heart monitors to treat any cardiac irregularity along with blood pressure and blood oxygen level monitoring. Specialized technicians monitor all patients 24/7 and are trained to handle any emergency.
  • Mechanical Ventilation Units. When patients need assistance, our mechanical ventilation units help patients recover from catastrophic illnesses. For many patients, gaining the strength necessary to be weaned from prolonged mechanical ventilation requires a coordinated effort where our interdisciplinary team works with the patient to address deficits in motor function, cognition, nutrition and communication.


Olean General Hospital has the region's most advanced Intensive Care Unit. Intensivists direct and coordinate all clinical care in the ICU, working with the assistance and consultation of various medical staff members. These high-level physicians are present in the ICU 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Simply put, there is no other Intensive Care Unit in the region that can offer best-in-class medical care in an environment designed to enhance the quality of patient care and comfort.

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